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Grateful DeadGrateful Dead Live at Capitol Theater on 1971-02-24 (February 24, 1971)

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Collection: GratefulDead
Band/Artist: Grateful Dead
Date: February 24, 1971 (check for other copies)
Venue: Capitol Theater
Location: Port Chester, NY

Source: Soundboard
Taped by:
Transferred by: Leigh Orf
Keywords: Live concert


Casey Jones, Me & My Uncle, Cumberland Blues, Next Time You See Me, Bird Song, Me And Bobby McGee, Bertha, Hard To Handle, Loser, Playin' In The Band, Good Lovin'-> Drums-> Good Lovin' Sugar Magnolia, King Bee, Greatest Story Ever Told-> Johnny B. Goode, Deal, Minglewood Blues, Truckin', Not Fade Away-> Goin' Down The Road Feelin' Bad-> Jam-> Not Fade Away-> Turn On Your Love Light


via Leigh Orf; WBOTB source > distortion removed digitally (see notes)

The short story:

1) I removed the whine (~8000 kHz tone at about +25 dB) from this show that was present with the source reels using Sonic Foundry's Noise Reduction algorithm, as I did with the earlier uploaded Port Chester shows (2/18 and 2/21). For an explanation of the noise and how I removed it, see

2) There are a couple of very minor dropouts/glitches which I have cleaned up as well as I can. These occurred when the DAT tape was "ripped" to disk.

3) This show is as good as you're gonna get as far as I know because of the NR and the excellent remastering from the orinal reels!

4) I've kept in all the intersong tuning/whatever. I figure others can edit them down if the wish. I like having it there, sometimes funny things are said and done :) plus you can always just hit FFWD on your CD player remote to get to the next song!

The long story with regards to 2) above:

The DAT tape, a clone from the "whatever became of the bettys" tree a while back, was borrowed and was read in on an old SGI indigo which has firmware which can read DAT audio tapes and dump them to 48 kHz AIFF files. Alas, I do not own a DAT machine and digital sound card, but I am saving my money! Anyhow, the error correction on the SGI DAT drive was pretty crappy, and there were a few dropouts/glitches on the read which lasted anywhere from less than 1/75 s to a second or two.

I have at my behest a professional quality DAT machine at a community radio station I volunteer for (WORT) and brought my home tape deck in which is a Harmon Kardon TD 4600, one of the earlier Dolby S decks (WORT does not have a computer with a digital sound card). It is a very good deck for analogue. The DAT deck at WORT was able to handle *almost* all of the bad spots that were not handled well by the SGI. I made a dobly S copy of the bad spots, and pasted over (using an analogue AWE64 Soundblaster to go A->D) the glitches/droputs on the SGI read using Sound Forge. The result is as good as i could do. You won't even hear most of the original glitches, and the ones that remain were due to bad spots on the DAT, that the WORT deck was unable to handle. Bear in mind that the total amount I had to paste over represent a total of about 15 seconds across the entire show, and I was able to 'fix' 99% of them completely. There are one or two dropouts/bad reads that are very short (mostly in Casey Jones which Betty fucked up anyway ;)

For the curious I left about 1 second of the original noise that I filtered out. It's at the very very end of track 1 on disk 2 after the crowd noise fades.

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Reviewer: Mandojammer - 5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars5.00 out of 5 stars - February 18, 2008
Subject: Janis and The Dead
Wally -

Check the 6/7/69 show. First Dire Wolf as well.
Reviewer: Wally Gator - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - May 24, 2007
Subject: Question?
Dear Fans of Lovelight,
I remember back in the 70's listening to a Grateful Dead tape of a PigPen and Janis Joplin duet singing Lovelight. Most of my tapes back then were either Fillmore East or Port Chester. Does anyone know the date of that show so I can look it up on the Archives?

Love the Archives! I could spend a lifetime in here. I plan on donating a percentage of my income to this cause.
Reviewer: jfk62 - 4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars4.00 out of 5 stars - April 9, 2006
Subject: Grateful for
The still downloadable SBD at the other site sounds pretty good - a bit high on the treble, very crisp, but not shrill. Good performance.
Reviewer: dr. flashback - 3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars3.00 out of 5 stars - July 11, 2004
Subject: Pigpen!!
Not my favorite of the 6 nights (see 2/19 and 2/23)but a real rocker! The last night and they really turn Pigpen loose. The Hard to Handle is hot, but the long version of Good Lovin is even better! And in Set Two, he delivers a great King Bee (one of only 7 in 1971) Plus a Lovelight to bring the house down.And the Truckin, NFA>GDTR>NFA has to be experienced to be believed.A great party show. This one will get you down the road with a smile on your face! They released the box of the April Fillmore East shows. Now we need a box set of these great Capitol shows! How about it guys?
Dr. Flashback ;-)

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